Tanweer Ali is a lecturer in finance with Empire State College, State University of New York, and is based with their programme in Prague. He has worked with the college's programmes in the Czech Republic, the USA, Lebanon and the Dominican Republic. Prior to entering academia he worked for several years in investment banking and consulting. Tanweer has served on the boards of a number of NGOs working in the field of human rights and capacity development for civil society. He is currently chair of the board of Forum 50%, which campaigns for the greater participation of women in public life in the Czech Republic. Tanweer studied mathematics at the University of Oxford and also holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) qualifications.